When Production means building Premium Cars
While each startup has the luxury of the greenfield approach and can choose from limitless offers and tools in various clouds, big enterprises still have long-running servers and a highly diverse landscape, which has to be maintained and configured.
To keep Production running _One Does Not Simply Roll Out Configuration Management_, since any impact on the smallest component could lead to a production line stopping, and each BMW not built during an outage is lost time, money and effort.
Get a short overview on how we at the BMW Group operate Linux servers; understand the design decisions and requirements towards a Configuration Management tool we had and the massive preparatory work, challenges and experiences we are having while moving our 11.000+ "classic" servers, in our 15+ major datacenters all around the world, away from home-grown scripts towards a standardized toolset.
Janos started playing with Linux on Gentoo during University and got quickly spoiled by the endless possibilities on the command line (learning a lot of magic by sorting out the issues with Stage-2 installs). After having started at Operations for BMW, he later became member of the Solution Team and since then he is working within a small team to continuously evolve the Linux landscape inside the company. Father of a girl, servant of a cat.